Oral History

Makram al Arja – Everest restaurant in Beit Jala

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.10.2011:

Makram al Arja: “I show my sumud to the Israelis and the world, and this is an indicator of the Palestinian willingness to continue communicating with Israelis for a just peace”

Interview Rania Murra and Sytske van Bruggen

2009

The Everest Restaurant is located at the highest point of Beit Jala, on top of the hill. It is only a few meters away from an Israeli settlement, (...)

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Shliby, living at Rachel’s Tomb area

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 15.10.2011:

Interview Nina Koevoets

June 2008

Shibly owns a souvenir shop with his brother at the end of the former main street in Bethlehem now a few meters from the Wall.

They started to build the Wall in 2002 during the 2nd intifada. First there was a fence and than they came with these big concrete blocks. The wall was built within 3 days! In the beginning there was a lot of figh(...)

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Interview with Claire, living in Rachel’s Tomb area

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 15.10.2011:

Interview with Claire June 2008

By Nina Koevoets

Claire is living in a house surrounded by the Wall on three sides.

Downstairs we had two shops, one gifts shop and one for spare car parts. My husband worked full time as a mechanic, fixing cars. But this is many years ago. The problems started already before the Wall was built. When the Israeli army blocked the street we l(...)

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Marwan, living in the Rachel’s Tomb area

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 13.10.2011:

Marwan owns a garden shop in the former main street of Bethlehem that is now one of the first buildings after the checkpoint.

When they started to build the Wall some years ago the people from Jerusalem, our main costumers, stopped coming. The business collapsed, maybe 99%. The Wall affects many people. There are many families living in Bethlehem and Jerusalem who cannot visit each oth(...)

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Melvina, on the history of the Rachel’s Tomb area

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 13.10.2011:

Interview with Melvina

…. As if the Wall is on My Heart

Melvina lives in a house along the former main street in Bethlehem (Hebron Road). The Wall is a few meters from the backside of her house.

They did not plan to build the Wall as it is now. They were planning to build the Wall in the middle of the street, so that it would be separated in two parts: one side connected (...)

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Dima, a young architect,, about the Rachel’s Tomb area

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 13.10.2011:

Conversations along the Wall near Rachel’s Tomb

By Nina Koevoets

The interviewee Dima is a young architect who has her office, once her house, three meters from the Wall at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem.

I was studying in France when the Israeli government started building the Wall. They started after the 2nd intifada began. My parents lived here, in the office where we are (...)

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Antoinette Kinesivich about the Rachel’s Tomb area

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 13.10.2011:

Antoinette Kinesevich lives quite isolated. She has to drive around the Wall at Rachel’s Tomb that is about 20 meter from her house in order to reach what once was the main street, the Hebron Road.

If you want to know about the wall you have to know what happened previously. Before 1948 we had good relations: Jews and Palestinian Muslims and Christians. We all lived together, sharing l(...)

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Shafiq al-Hout’s Story

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 05.08.2009:

Beiruti in Jaffa, Yafawi in Beirut

Tribute, the electronic intifada, 4 August 2009

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10694.shtml

On Sunday, 2 August 2009, the celebrated journalist and founding member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Shafiq al-Hout passed away in Beirut, Lebanon at the age of 77. The following is part of Shafiq's story as told to me as part (...)

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A Doctor in Galilee

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.01.2009:

The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel

By Hatim Kanaaneh

Pluto Press, London, 2008, 276 pages, $29.00

Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian doctor who has struggled for over 35 years to bring medical care to Palestinians in the Galilee, against a culture of anti-Arab discrimination. This is the story of how he fought for the human rights of his patients and overcame t(...)

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My Utopian Jaffa

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.01.2009:

By J. Ryder

“Djaah-Faah” - a long, slowly expired, two-syllable word that caresses my palate like a sip of dry wine. Ja-ffa was my “Lo-lee-ta,” and as Nabokov put it, “the light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.” When, during the ephemeral years of Oslo’s golden expectations, I lived in the highest topographical point of the Ajami quarter, I didn’t realise, as I do now, ho(...)

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